The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

2. Socrates demonstrated his loyalty to his city in what capacity?

3. Where was Socrates being prosecuted?

4. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?

5. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Socrates' explanation for why he had been, supposedly, challenging the Oracle's answer?

2. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

3. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

4. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

5. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

6. What is "epistemology"?

7. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

8. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

9. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

10. By whom, and for whom, has this edition of "The Last Days of Socrates" been prepared?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the characters in "The Last Days of Socrates." What was this person's relationship to Socrates? Did this person affect Socrates' decisions in any way? If so, how? What were this person's core beliefs? What topic did they debate with Socrates? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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